Empey Lecture

The Department of Human Ecology hosts the Empey Lecture yearly. The lecture focuses on research topics in aging, gerontology, family ecology, textiles, nutrition, family relationships and human ecology.

A photo of a woman holding a handful of walnuts over a partially bare pregnant belly.Nutrition and Immunity: Infant Nutrition and Lessons to Combat COVID-19

What if the addition of omega-3 fatty acids to a mom’s diet could allow her infant to be safer from allergies, viruses and even COVID-19 in the future? Our presenter professor Catherine Field has research to show that these fatty acids can be key to building our immune systems and explores how nutrition in the early years impacts our long-term health. 

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Our Presenter

Catherine Field, ’88 PhD, is a Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition and Metabolism in the Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. Her research program centres on the effect of nutrition on the immune system. Current research includes establishing the role of polyunsaturated fats on immune development, the use of fatty acids in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and identifying the association between nutritional status and maternal mental health and infant neuro-physical development. Professor Field has published more than 275 peer-reviewed publications and trained over 100 students in research. She is a fellow of the Canadian Council for Health Research and an associate editor for the journal Advances in Nutrition

About the Lecture Series

The Empey Lecture is delivered annually in honour of professor Elizabeth Empey, Dean of Home Economics at the University of Alberta from 1960 to 1976. The lectureship commemorates the many contributions made by professor Empey to the profession of home economics and nutrition. Public lectures are delivered on issues related to family science, material culture, clothing and textiles or nutrition.

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